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News and Notes: Fall 2014

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Frank Antonawich, Ph.D.

Department Chair Frank Antonawich, Ph.D., presented a paper titled “Metabolic Anaplasia: A Target for Neoplastic Therapy” at the 10th International Conference on Integrative Oncology in Vancouver, British Columbia, last October. In June, his primary research article “Effect of Palladium-Lipoic Acid Complex on Energy in the Brain Mitochondria of Aged Rats” was published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.

Michael J. Hanophy, Ph.D., attended the 21st Annual American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators in Danvers, Massachusetts, where he gave a talk titled “Teaching about Controversy and Scientific Discourse Using the Primary Literature.” He also presented a poster, “Alexander Fleming and the Beginnings of Biofilm Research,” at the 114th Annual Conference of the American Society for Microbiology in Boston.

Business Administration and Accounting

In May, Thomas Horan attended the 2014 Institute for Business and Finance Research (IBFR) global conference in Costa Rica, where he received the Best in Session Award for his presentation, “Hobby Loss or Business Loss: A discussion of the delineation of these two categories according to IRC code section 183.”

Child Study

Edgar Daniels, D.Arts, has received a Doctor of Arts from Harrison Middleton University. As part of his capstone project, Daniels designed an authentic, applied project in which he created two courses: The Seven Deadly Sins Taught Through the Short Story, and Thinking Critically About Civic Engagement. Both are based upon The Great Books Foundation Shared Inquiry Method and aligned with the SJC 100 freshman program goals at St. Joseph’s College.

Daniels and Kathleen Cassidy presented at the St. Joseph’s College Technology-in-Education Conference in May. The title of their presentation was “Three Ways to Encourage Higher-Level Thinking in the Classroom.” Also in May, the pair presented at the New York State Middle School Association (NYSMSA) regional conference, Teaching for Tomorrow: Creatively Teaching the Common Core, which was hosted by SJC. The title of their presentation was “Enhancing Textual Analysis in the Common Core Using Synectics.”


Karen Megay-Nespoli, Ed.D.

Karen Megay-Nespoli, Ed.D., presented “Differentiating Instruction for Gifted Learners: It’s Not Just Different,” at the April 2014 Council for Exceptional Children Conference in Philadelphia. In addition, she was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Advocacy for Gifted and Talented Education (AGATE) in New York State. AGATE is a nonprofit organization that seeks to make available national, state and local resources, which contribute to the education and development of high-ability learners.


Thomas Grochowski, Ph.D., presented a paper, “‘I Serve Society by Rocking’: School of Rock and the Rhetoric of Dewey Finn,” at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association’s national conference in Chicago in April.


Susan Nakley, Ph.D.

Susan Nakley, Ph.D., will be presenting a paper called “Sovereignty on the Rocks: Negotiating the Impossible in Chaucer’s Franklin’s Tale” at the Third Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group, to be held at the University of California at Santa Barbara on October 16.

Fine Arts

Chris Vivas was awarded the New York State Council on the Arts Long Island Creative Individuals Grant for the creation of ceramic sculptures.


Phillip Dehne, Ph.D., published the article “How important was Latin America to the First World War?” in the March 2014 edition of the European history journal Iberoamericana. He also gave a series of presentations throughout the spring and summer, including “From Antagonists to Allies? Judging Anglo-American relations in Latin America during the Great War” at the Mid-Atlantic Conference of British Studies at Lehman College, New York (with a modified version at the Transatlantic Studies Association Conference in Ghent, Belgium); “Placing Latin America into Britain’s global strategy” at the América Latina en la Gran Guerra Colloquium in Mexico City; and “Profiting despite the Great War: Argentina’s Grain Multinationals” at the Armageddon and Mammon Conference in London.


Peter Maust, Ph.D.

Peter Maust, Ph.D., has been awarded a Technology Fellowship to enhance his Civil War course. The fellowship has been established to identify meaningful projects that will positively impact student learning through technology. He is the Brooklyn Campus’ first recipient of this award.

Human Services

K. Candis Best, J.D., Ph.D., traveled to Scottsdale, Arizona, in April to present her social learning platform, Learningateway, at the ASU + GSV Summit. Best also released her second book, Your Genius Mind: Why You Don’t Need to Be a College Graduate But You Do Need to Think Like One, in June. “This is a book for those without a college degree,” she says. “But it’s also a book for those who have a college degree but not a college education. And this is a book for anyone and everyone who has ever believed in the potential of someone who did not see potential in themselves.”

Mathematics and Computer Science

S. Jane Fritz, C.S.J., and William McAllister published Programming Fundamentals Using Java: A Game Application Approach in August. The book is based on research McAllister has performed over the last five years, and will change the way basic programming is taught.

Victoria Hong and Lawrence Fischer are the authors of Visual Basic .NET: An Introduction to Computer Programming, 1st Edition. The textbook was published this summer by Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

David Seppala-Holtzman, Ph.D., had an article published in The College Mathematics Journal titled “Ensphering Capped Prisms.” A second article, “The Canonical Conical Function” is currently undergoing peer review. He gave a presentation at the May meeting of the New York Metro Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and oversaw an undergraduate research project, “Computerized Melody Recognition,” by student Franky Rodriguez, who also presented at the MAA meeting in May.


Laurel Janssen Breen, Ph.D., C.N.E., represents St. Joseph’s College on the recently formed Long Island Health Collaborate (LIHC), which helps Long Islanders understand why prevention and primary care are important, what resources and services are available and how these resources can be accessed.

Michele H. Caccavano, D.N.P., presented her research in collaboration with J.T. Mather Memorial Hospital, titled “Phenotype of End-Stage Heart Failure Patients Requiring Palliative Care: A Method of Discharge Identification,” at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York’s Research Day.

Sharon Friedman-Urerich, D.N.P, co-authored an abstract, “The Effect of IV (Methylprednisolone) on Glucose and Blood Pressure in MS Patients,” which was published in the International Journal of MS Care.

Florence L. Jerdan, Ph.D., co-authored a research article titled “Investigating the Impact of Blood Culture Bundles on the Incidence of Blood Culture Contamination Rates,” which was published in the Journal of Infusion Nursing.

Catherine Pearsall, Ph.D., recently co-authored three articles: “Becoming a Nurse Faculty Leader: Doing Your Homework to Minimize Risk-Taking,” which was published in the Journal of Professional Nursing; “Becoming a Nurse Faculty Leader: Taking Risks by Doing the Right Thing,” published in Nursing Outlook; and “Barriers and Strategies Toward the Implementation of a Distance Nurse Educator Role,” published in Nursing Education Perspectives.


Michael Burke, Ph.D., presented two papers during the spring semester: “On Technology: Heidegger, Levinas and the Role of the Hand,” at the 38th Annual Mid-South Philosophy Conference, held in February in Memphis, Tennessee; and “Hungry Eyes: Sartre and Levinas on the Look of the Other,” at the Long Island Philosophical Society’s 50th anniversary conference, held at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York, in April.


Darsh Ramdass, Ph.D., and Dominique Treboux, Ph.D., accompanied 22 students to Boston in March for the 2014 annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, 13 of whom gave presentations. Treboux was a co-presenter on four of the projects: “Stress Responses to Superstorm Sandy: Age, Gender and Distance,” and Pro-Social Behaviors in Response to Superstorm Sandy” (both co-authored by Kirk Lawrence, Ph.D.); “Reliability and Validity of Mobile Heart Rate Applications; and “Three Degrees of Separation: Differences in Emotional Reactions Between Genders” (co-authored by Paul Ginnety, Ph.D.). Ramdass was a co-presenter on “Examining Gender Differences on
Final Grade, Homework and Self-Regulatory Behaviors.”

In February, Lawrence and Treboux — along with students Christopher Agoglia, Brandon Carbajal and Valerie Gelo — also presented two papers at the Eastern Sociological Association annual meeting in Baltimore: “Examining a ‘Natural’ Disaster: Using Statistics and GIS to Analyze the Social and Social-Psychological Impacts of Hurricane Sandy,” and “Perceptions and Experiences of a ‘Natural’ Disaster: A Study of the Social and Social-Psychological Impacts of Hurricane Sandy.” 

Social Sciences

William Bengston, Ph.D., gave a number of presentations this academic year, including “Some Thoughts on Placebo Design,” at Beech Tree Labs in Rensselaerville, New York (September 2013); “More Lessons from the Lab: An Update on Selected Healing Experiments,” at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina (April 2014); “Testable Propositions from Anomalous Healing Research,” at Princeton University in New Jersey (April 2014); and “Some Replications of Bernard Grad’s McGill University Healing Experiments,” at the Society for Scientific Exploration annual meeting in San Francisco (June 2014).

Mirella Landriscina, Ph.D., has been awarded the inaugural S. Mary Florence Award for Teaching Excellence and Impact. She was unanimously recommended by a committee of four faculty members.

Stephen Rockwell, Ph.D., has agreed to write the entry on “The Size of Government” for American Governance, a reference work to be published in print and online by Macmillan.


María Montoya, Ph.D., presented a paper, “Against Oblivion: The Balkan Wars in Contemporary Spanish Narrative” at the 13th International Conference of Hispanic Literature in Cartagena, Colombia, in March.

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